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December 15, 2021 - 3:25pm
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What is a VIN number.
VIN (vehicle identification number) is a series of alphanumeric and numeric characters applied to a certain part of the body by the manufacturer of the vehicle. It represents encoded information about the vehicle.
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A single VIN number was adopted in 1980 to unify the identification of transport at the global level. The VIN number consists of seventeen positions (English letters and numbers), in which information is encoded: brand, model range, year of assembly and numerous technical parameters.
WMI is a vehicle identifier consisting of the first three positions of the vehicle identification code. They encode data about the country of manufacture (the first two characters) and the company that manufactured the vehicle.
WMI determines the assembly area of the car, not the origin of the brand. A number of different identifiers are assigned to large automobile concerns.
VDS is a sequence of six characters, positions from the fourth to the ninth. It encodes information about the vehicle model, configuration options and basic technical parameters.
The body type can be encoded in the fourth character, the engine type in the fifth position, and the model in the sixth position.
Different manufacturers in VDI encode various characteristics in their own way, but it is always possible to determine the model. The ninth position is a verification one, to control the reliability of the VIN code.
VIS is a vehicle identifier made up of eight characters. The tenth position indicates the year of manufacture of the car, the eleventh position is the factory that assembled the car.
The last six characters contain the serial number of the vehicle.
Many of the well-known automakers: Audi, Volkswagen, Opel, Peugeot, Renault, Rover, Volvo, Jaguar, Isuzu, Kia, Toyota, Nissan prescribe the last four positions in numbers, and some European and Japanese car manufacturers may not specify the year of manufacture at all.